- Moussa Faki Mahamat edges out Kenyan competitor in vote
- Election comes before debate over readmitting Morocco to bloc
By Nizar Manek and Felix Njini, 30 January 2017
The African Union elected Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat as its next chairman, edging out his Kenyan counterpart Amina Mohamed.
Mahamat defeated Mohamed after seven rounds of voting at a summit of African leaders in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday, the Kenyan presidency said in an e-mailed statement. Three other candidates including Senegalese diplomat Abdoulaye Bathily and nominees from Botswana and Equatorial Guinea were eliminated in earlier rounds.
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